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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there.

1. BugMeNot

Are you bugged constantly to sign up for websites, even though you do not wish to share your email? If yes, then BugMeNot is for you. Instead of creating new logins, BugMeNot has shared logins across thousands of websites which can be used.

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    2. Get Notify

    This nifty little website tracks whether the emails sent by you were opened and read by the receiver. Moreover, it also provides the recipient’s IP Address, location, browser details, and more.

    getNotify

      3. Zero Dollar Movies

      If you are on a constant lookout of free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in multiple languages that are available to watch for free on Youtube. It indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads. In addition, it has a clean interface, contributing to a good movie watching experience.

      ZeroDollarMovie

        4. Livestream

        Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast events live to viewers on any platform. For the next time when you want to share your company’s annual CEO speech live to employees who are on remote locations, Livestream serves as a perfect platform.

        LiveStream

          5. scr.im

          scr.im converts your email address into a short custom URLs, that can be shared on public websites. This prevents your email id from getting picked up by spam robots, and email harvesters who are on a constant lookout from your email id.

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          Scrim

            6. TinEye

            TinEye is a Reverse Image search tool which is as accurate as Google’s Reverse Image search tool. As opposed to Google, TinEye provides a set of APIs that can be used for personal and commercial purposes, which makes it very useful for developers.

            TinEye

              7. Fax Zero

              Fax Zero allows you to send faxes to US and Canada for free. Additionally, it enables you to send faxes to countries outside North America at a fixed pay per use cost.

              FaxZero

                8. Snopes

                Do you believe that fingernails and hair continue to grow after death? Why don’t you check out if this is true, along with thousands of other urban folklore out there, at Snopes?

                Snopes

                  9. Stickk

                  Is it difficult for you to stick to goals ? If yes, then let Stickk help you reach your goals. It makes use of commitment contracts to empower you to better your lifestyle.

                  Stickk

                    10. Boxoh

                    Boxoh can track the status of any shipment package on Google Maps.

                    BoxOH

                      11. PicMonkey

                      PicMonkey is an online Image editor, that allows you to touch up your images. Also, you can apply different effects, fonts, and designs to your images. It is a perfect tool to create pins for Pinterest and  awesome looking Facebook covers.

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                      PicMonkey

                        12. Trello

                        Trello is a great online tool for organizing just about anything using Kanban style cards. It provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration, and is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management.

                        Trello

                          13. Short Reckonings

                          Short Reckonings is an online tool to keep track of shared expenses. It is deceptively simple, easy to use, and allows you to enter expenses with the fewest possible clicks. A clean, ad-free interface adds to the charm of this simple website.

                          ShortReck

                            14. Memrise

                            Do you fancy learning new things in small byte sized packages? If yes, then Memrise is for you. The additive nature of gaming combined with memory improvement makes this an excellent resource.

                            memrise

                              15. Instructables

                              Instructables provides instructions to help you build just about anything you can imagine. It provides a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.

                              instructable

                                16. join.me

                                In today’s world, where collaboration across multiple stakeholders is key, join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens. Record audio for meetings conducted with participants not in the same room. In addition, it is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.

                                JOIN.ME

                                  17. Sync.in

                                  Sync.in allows multiple people to edit documents and notes in real time. It is a great tool for online collaboration.

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                                    18. Privnote

                                    Do you wish to share notes and information that self destructs immediately after it is read ? Privnote does exactly that.

                                    PrivNote

                                      19. ScribbleMaps

                                      Have you ever wanted to place your personal markers, shapes, and scribbles on Google Maps? Even though Google Maps does not allow that, ScribbleMaps does, and it does a great job at it.

                                      ScribbleMaps

                                        20. TripIt

                                        TripIt is a painless way to organize all the details of your vacation or business trip. Forget your flight time? Can’t find the e-mail with your hotel’s address? That won’t happen with TripIt, which keeps your itinerary in one place.

                                        tripIt

                                          21. Skyscanner

                                          Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

                                          Skyscanner

                                            22. Hostel Bookers

                                            Hostel Bookers is one of the best search engines to search for cheap hostels and hotels while backpacking or traveling around the globe.

                                            hostelbookers

                                              23. Fitday

                                              Fitday allows you to track you diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.

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                                                24. Endomondo

                                                Endomondo is a mobile app that allows you to track your workouts. The website allows detailed analysis of your training, that makes it a valuable tool to understand and plan your workouts.

                                                endomondo

                                                  25. My Fitness Pal

                                                  If counting calories is your main goal, then My Fitness Pal is the best web and mobile application out there. The service has a massive database of meals and exercises to make it easy to accurately count calories.

                                                  My Fitness Pal

                                                    26. Fuelly

                                                    Fuelly tracks the gas mileage for your cars and helps you to analyze, share, and compare your vehicles fuel consumption.

                                                    fuelly

                                                      27. 3-Minute Journal

                                                      3 Minute Journal is different than most other Journals out there. This application allows you to track your moods, achievements, failures, and moments of gratitude. In addition, it does great analysis over these parameters.

                                                      3minJournal

                                                        28. 750 Words

                                                        750 Words is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; that advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                                                        750 words

                                                          29. Kiva

                                                          Kiva is a micro finance website, that attempts to leverage the Internet and a worldwide distribution of micro-finance institutions. It alleviates poverty by connecting lenders to people in need.

                                                          Kiva

                                                            Do you have other favorite sites that you find incredibly useful?

                                                            Featured photo credit: Des Moines via flickr.com

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                                                            Published on September 20, 2018

                                                            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                                            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                                            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                                            Minimizing Tabs

                                                            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                                            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                                            Incognito Mode

                                                            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                                            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                                            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                                            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                                            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                                            Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                                            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                                            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                                            Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                                            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                                            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                                            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                                            Solve Mathematical Problems

                                                            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                                            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                                            Play Media Files

                                                            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                                            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                                            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                                            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                                            Stay Focus(e)d

                                                            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                                                            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                                            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                                            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                                            Grammarly for Editing

                                                            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                                            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                                            Loom

                                                            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                                            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                                            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                                            Chrome Calendar Extension

                                                            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                                            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                                            Final Thoughts

                                                            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                                                            Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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